The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) is set to release six final accident and incidents reports on April 25.
This was disclosed by the commissioner/chief executive officer of AIB, Engr Akin Olateru at the 2019 stakeholders forum to review AIB regulations 2016 and its implications for aviation stakeholders.
Olateru listed the final reports to be released to include: Report on the serious incident involving an Airbus A330-223 aircraft operated by Delta airlines Inc. with registration N858NW on 13th February 2018.
Report on the accident involving a Cessna 208B Caravan belonging to the Ministry of Works and Transport, Taraba State with registration 5N-BMJ on 25th October 2012.
Report on the accident involving a Diamond DA40D aircraft operated by International Aviation College (IAC) with registration 5N-BRD on 25th November 2013.
Report on the accident involving Bristow Helicopters Nig Ltd Sikorsky S76C++ helicopter with registration 5N-BQJ on 3rd February 2016.
Report on the accident involving a Gulfstream 200 aircraft operated by Nestoil Ltd. with registration 5N-BTF on 20th January 2018.
Report on the accident involving an MD-83 aircraft operated by Dana Airlines Ltd with registration 5N-SRI on 20th February 2018.
Olateru regretted that accident sites or crash sites in Nigeria are looting sites where people go to loot things from the accident victims.
He stressed the need for Police to protect crash sites in the country.
Olateru said the AIB has spent one million dollars on training alone in the last one year.
He stressed the need to create a secondary market for retired personnel in the aviation industry who may still be active and ready to work.
The AIB CEO stated further that In the past two years, the agency has focused on improving the Bureau’s investigation processes.
According to him,” this has led to the release of numerous outstanding reports and timely investigation and reporting of all recent occurrences, adding that the Investigations are handled by groups rather than individual investigators.
He said the AIB Nigeria has embarked on the training of all air safety investigators in accident investigation practices through partnerships with Cranfield University, UK, Southern California Safety Institute and OJT with sister agencies such as the United States National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and Singapore TSIB”.
Olateru added that this also include the establishment of Safety and Security Department as a support mechanism to accident investigation on and off site, training of first responders, management of safety/security policies and investigation tools (the Go-Kit).
The AIB commissioner said the Bureau is working with the Nigeria College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Zaria and Cranfield University, UK on Accident Investigation courses and towards having its own training school.
“AIB has partnered Universities with material science departments on re-activating its metallurgical facilities.
This will encourage research and lead to human capacity development within the country.
We are currently partnered with University of Lagos (UNILAG), University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) and University of Lancaster”, the AIB commissioner stated.
He implored all stakeholders at the event to contribute their quota towards the safety of the country’s airspace by working as a team in achieving a common goal.